Is this water park idea big enough for Tri-Cities?
If you’ve lived in Tri-Cities for more than a few years, you know that rumors of a water park have been booming since the dawn of time, at least it seems. I have lived here for decades and it has been a topic of discussion even when Oasis Waterworks was in operation.
The Tri-Cities boasts over 300 sunny days a year with some of the best climates this side of the Mississippi. So why should we drive 2.5 hours north to Boulder Beach from Silverwood Theme Park in Sandpoint Idaho, to experience a real water park attraction? It never made sense to me – why don’t we have a water park like this here? We should be marketing our weather to the world with a huge themed water park.
Oasis Waterworks was the original water park and was serving its purpose for our area at the time. Now, with our local population surpassing 300,000 (and more are on the way), the town of Pasco is envisioning a 47,000 square foot (Phase I) water park on 4.6 acres – which will employ 16 people.
Is it really enough? Does the community really wants? Sure, that would be a great addition to our area, but it probably won’t be big enough to keep people from driving north, and it won’t attract guests from out of town. Shouldn’t it be an attraction and community equipment?
A water park is an amusement park with intense slides, wave pools, artificial surfing, artificial rivers, arcades and waterfalls. An aquatic center has a swimming pool, low-intensity slides, a swimming pool and a party room for rent. Don’t we already have this type of center in the community?
I’m a long time Pasco resident and will vote yes if it’s put on the ballot, but I think we might miss the idea that most people have in mind – go big. Easy to say for me – it takes money and a lot of money. Thank you Pasco for keeping our hopes alive.